Neck Pain
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Why is my neck so stiff when I wake up in the morning? Why is
my neck so sore by the end of the day?
These two questions have a lot in
common. Obviously, only a healthcare
professional can determine the source of
your neck stiffness or pain. If there is no
apparent trauma involved (like whiplash, a
fall, or a sports injury), and if other
conditions (tumor, infection, arthritis, etc.)
have been ruled out, one of the most
likely causes for chronic neck pain is poor
posture.
How can my posture cause my neck to hurt?

Your body is similar to a moving chain, with your head, body, arms and legs linked
together by joints, and supported by bones and soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, etc.).
Movement at one joint influences movement at other joints in the chain. In fact, your feet
can have a big influence on the rest of your body, especially if they are not in balance.
Postural imbalance places stress and strain on body parts higher up, which can cause
pain. Besides a foot problem, obesity can also contribute to postural conditions. Being
overweight can cause stress pain to an area like the neck, as soft
tissues must work all day against the downward pull of gravity.

Why does my neck hurt in the morning? Shouldn't it be
relaxed after I've spent the whole night off my feet?

Don't forget, your body has several postures, including a standing/walking posture, a
sitting posture, and a reclining posture. Many "painful, disabling conditions of the soft
tissues of the musculoskeletal system are directly or indirectly related to posture in
standing, walking, moving, lying, sitting, bending, or lifting".  Relaxation of soft tissues
during sleep puts the cervical spine (neck) at risk due to stress from poorly controlled
movement and improper support. Improper sleep posture represents a form of
sustained stress, which can lead to problems with the neck muscles
and spine. For example, a person who sleeps on his/her stomach, or who sleeps on a
pillow or stack of pillows that do not support the neck properly, can put excessive
pressure on muscles and ligaments. To prevent spinal instability,
these soft tissues have to work harder all night; as a result, they can be fatigued or
irritated by morning.